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Maha Bali’s blog about education

April 5, 2014
by balimaha

What Makes this MOOCaholic Complete MOOCs

Reading Time: 3 minutesI’m going to keep this post as short and punchy as possible, to get it out quickly. It is part of a new emerging research project for #rhizo14 that arose out of several different threads, including reaction to Martin Weller’s … Continue reading

February 26, 2014
by balimaha

Serendipity, students, and revamping higher education

Reading Time: 3 minutesI have had a serendipitous few days that made me realize something that for some reason had not occurred to me: if I care to revamp education in Egypt, I need not limit myself to working with school teachers and … Continue reading

February 24, 2014
by balimaha

Social media friends are my new books: re-flipping the flip

Reading Time: 4 minutesToday, my thoughts have been inspired by a combination of things that happened on social media. This is a terribly non-linear post (interestingly, a discussion on linearity of English-language writing vs others happened today at work; lots of comments will … Continue reading

February 20, 2014
by balimaha

The Main Responsibility of Teachers? Make yourself dispensable!

Reading Time: 3 minutesWhen I read this week’s prompt for #rhizo14, my first thought was “but isn’t that the point of teaching?” – I always thought it was our responsibility as teachers to eventually make ourselves not needed, obsolete – for our learners. … Continue reading

February 17, 2014
by balimaha

The Five Languages of Social Media Engagement: secrets to online communities

Reading Time: 2 minutesThis is just a light brief post mimicking the title from the book “The Five Love Languages: secrets to love that lasts” to capture some (not too deep) observations of different ways people can engage on social media: 1. The … Continue reading

February 1, 2014
by balimaha

What My Toddler Teaches Me About Uncertainty

Reading Time: 5 minutesI’ve been thinking about this post all day, and reading other people’s blogs has helped me clarify my ideas further. It all started with Cathy Davidson’s video in the MOOC where she interviews ppl about their fave teachers and one … Continue reading

January 29, 2014
by balimaha

Chaos, safety, vulnerability, and community in massive online interaction

Reading Time: 2 minutesI just participated in the first #moocmooc live Twitter chat on #FutureEd. I wasn’t sure what the topic would be, but it strangely intersected with some things we had been discussing in #rhizo14 for various reasons. I can’t capture it … Continue reading


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